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Schefter: Frank Gore signs with the Colts

Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 12:47pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Frank Gore plans to sign with the Colts, per source; deal expected to be similar to Philadelphia's offer: 3-years, $12M, $7.5M guaranteed.

Update: This deal is finalized.

Fantasy Impact:

Gore reportedly backed out of a deal with Philadelphia. He's turning 32 this summer, but should be able to shore up the Colts' running game. Dan Herron and Vick Ballard are in the mix, and the team could also bring back the still-effective Ahmad Bradshaw. Gore is better than advertised in the passing game, so re-signing Bradshaw may not be necessary. Gore averaged 51.0 receptions from 2006-2010, but as soon as Greg Roman took over as offensive coordinator in 2011, Gore's targets dropped precipitously. He averaged just 28.3 targets over the past four seasons, while the Colts' running backs accounted for 113 targets last season, so look for Gore's value to jump in PPR formats. Due to his age, Gore typically goes later than he should in fantasy drafts, but he hasn't missed a game in three seasons and should be reinvigorated by a change of scenery.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 12:14pm

Manish Mehta, Twitter - [Full Article]

Bilal Powell has agreed to terms with a new deal with the Jets.

Fantasy Impact:

Powell will back up Chris Ivory, but the Jets probably aren't done shoring up the running back position.

Vikings reach one-year deal with RFA Matt Asiata

Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 9:54am

Star-Tribune - [Full Article]

The Vikings reached a one-year deal with restricted free agent Matt Asiata, according to a league source. The deal will give the running back an opportunity to make more through incentives.

Fantasy Impact:

Asiata's role will depend on what the Vikings do at the position this offseason. Adrian Peterson is still under contract and Jerick McKinnon showed good ability as a runner, while Asiata mainly worked in short yardage situations and in the passing game (44 receptions).

TE Julius Thomas 'expected' to sign with the Jaguars

Monday, March 9, 2015, 9:16pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Jaguars have reached an agreement with free-agent tight end Julius Thomas, and he is expected to sign a contract with the team Tuesday, according to league sources.

The Denver Post, which first reported the news Monday night, said the multiyear contract is worth around $9 million a season.

Fantasy Impact:

Thomas was the #3 TE in 2013, but struggled to a #10 finish last season after dealing with torn ligaments in his ankle. He has considerable talent as a pass-catcher, but this is a huge system downgrade from Denver to Jacksonville. He'll no longer enjoy the benefits of playing in a Peyton Manning-led offense and will instead be relying on Blake Bortles to deliver the ball. If the Jaguars feature him in the passing game -- and why wouldn't they? -- he has the potential to finish as a fantasy TE1 provided he can stay healthy. It's certainly an upgrade for Bortles and a downgrade for Manning, though whomever wins the starting tight end job in Denver will be on the fantasy radar.

Browns sign WR Brian Hartline

Monday, March 9, 2015, 7:56pm

Dustin Fox, Twitter - [Full Article]

Breaking: Brian Hartline is signing with the Cleveland Browns.

Update: He signed a two-year, $6 million contract.

Fantasy Impact:

After averaging 132 targets in the previous two seasons, Hartline's looks were cut in half in 2014 with the emergence of rookie WR Jarvis Landry. Hartline averaged 75 catches for 1,050 yards from 2012-2013, so he gives the Browns a functional, starter-caliber receiver. If this doesn't sound like a ringing endorsement, it's because it wasn't meant to be. Hartline may be able to provide 70+ catches and 1,000 yards, but he only has 12 touchdowns in 92 career games, so he'll be more useful in PPR formats than in standard leagues.

Texans release WR Andre Johnson

Monday, March 9, 2015, 4:27pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Texans officially released WR Andre Johnson.

Fantasy Impact:

Johnson is turning 34 this summer but can still play a big role in a good passing offense. He should have several suitors as free agency wears on. He'll leave behind DeAndre Hopkins, who finished as the #14 WR in both standard and PPR formats even though the Texans’ quarterbacks finished 17th in both touchdowns thrown and yards per attempt. Assuming the team gets similar play from the position in 2015, Hopkins should continue to produce solid to high-end WR2 numbers. His targets should increase with the team’s decision to release Johnson.

QB Ryan Mallett re-signs with the Texans

Monday, March 9, 2015, 10:09am

Albert Breer, Twitter - [Full Article]

The Texans have agreed to terms with QB Ryan Mallett, source said.

Update: Mallet signed a two-year, $7 million contract.

Fantasy Impact:

It looks like the Texans are going to move forward with Mallett and Brian Hoyer, who is also reportedly set to sign with the team (though it's not a done deal). In two games, Mallett completed 41 of 75 passes (54.7%) for 400 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions before tearing his pectoral muscle. He served as Tom Brady's understudy for three seasons so there is some optimism that he can turn into a quality NFL starter. He'll likely have to beat out Hoyer for the starting job.

QB Brian Hoyer signs with the Texans

Monday, March 9, 2015, 9:47am

Albert Breer, Twitter - [Full Article]

Per source, Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer is planning to sign with the Texans tomorrow.

Update: This deal is finalized.

Fantasy Impact:

The Texans already have Ryan Fitzpatrick, Case Keenum and Tom Savage under contract, and free agent Ryan Mallett has already re-signed with the team. It's a quarterback quagmire in Houston.

Jeremy Maclin reunites with Chiefs HC Andy Reid

Sunday, March 8, 2015, 10:15pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The wild ride of subtraction and addition will apparently continue with the Philadelphia Eagles because receiver Jeremy Maclin plans to reunite with former coach Andy Reid on the Kansas City Chiefs once free agency officially begins on Tuesday, according to league sources.

The Chiefs will need to clear salary-cap space to sign Maclin, whose new contract would project in the range of what Randall Cobb received to stay with the Green Bay Packers at $10 million per year. It's possible Maclin could slightly exceed Cobb's salary when negotiations are finished. Unlike Cobb, who chose to remain with his team, the Green Bay Packers, Maclin is prepared to depart Philadelphia, coming off his best season, in which he had 85 catches for 1,318 yards and 10 touchdowns. Maclin played on a one-year, $5.25 million contract in 2014 after missing 2013 with an ACL injury.

Update: The deal is reportedly worth around $11 million per season.

Fantasy Impact:

Maclin was the #9 wide receiver in both standard and PPR formats last season. However, he did most of his damage in the first eight games (46-801-8, #2 WR) and faded from Week 10 on (40-528-2, #23 WR). His targets dropped from 10.5 per game in the first half of the season to just 7.5 T/G down the stretch, but this decrease basically coincided with Mark Sanchez taking over for Nick Foles at quarterback. If the report turns out to be true, he'll have Alex Smith as his quarterback and could hog targets alongside up-and-coming TE Travis Kelce. Reid is familiar with Maclin, so we would expect his transition to be a smooth one, though this appears to be a system downgrade.

Torrey Smith to 49ers a 'done deal'

Sunday, March 8, 2015, 9:37pm

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

Wide receiver Torrey Smith is poised to leave the Ravens as a free agent, according to multiple NFL sources, and the San Francisco 49ers are the front-runners to land the former Maryland standout.

For Smith to have remained with the Ravens, which several league sources reiterated has been an extremely unlikely scenario for weeks, he would have had to leave several million dollars on the table.

Although no deal has been finalized, sources indicated there's strong mutual interest between the former second-round draft pick and San Francisco. One source characterized the Smith situation as a "done deal with the 49ers," barring any unforeseen snags. Deals cannot become official until Tuesday at 4 p.m., when the league year and free agency signing period begins.

Smith acknowledged his pending departure Sunday night with a blog in which he thanked the Ravens for his four years in Baltimore.

Update: Smith signed a five-year, $40 million deal that includes $22 million guaranteed.

Fantasy Impact:

Smith got off to a slow start in 2014, posting just six catches for 85 yards in the first three games. Over the final 13 games of the season, he averaged 3.3 receptions for 52 yards and 0.85 touchdowns, which equates to #20 WR-type numbers in PPR formats. As it stands, he finished as the #29 WR in PPR and #19 in standard formats (thanks to the high touchdown rate), which is the fourth time he has finished in the top 23 (in standard formats) in his four-year career. He'll join a 49ers receiving corps that is likely losing Michael Crabtree and has a still-effective Anquan Boldin as a possession receiver. Smith will serve as a deep threat for QB Colin Kaepernick, though this move has to be considered a downgrade from an offensive/quarterback standpoint since the 49ers are typically run-heavy and Joe Flacco is pretty adept at putting touch on the deep ball. Throwing with touch is not one of Kaepernick's strengths.

Sunday, March 8, 2015, 7:16pm

Mike Garafolo, Twitter - [Full Article]

Mark Sanchez back to the Eagles on a 2-year deal worth $9 million with $5.5 million guaranteed, per source.

Frank Gore signs with the Eagles

Sunday, March 8, 2015, 7:02pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Free-agent running back Frank Gore has told people he will sign this week with the Philadelphia Eagles, according to league sources.

Barring a breakdown in talks, Gore is expected to sign a three-year deal in which $7.5 million in the first two years is guaranteed.

Update: Gore signed a three-year, $12 million contract.

Fantasy Impact:

Gore's stock is suddenly back on the rise as he joins a potent offense that boasted the 7th-most rushing attempts in 2014 (4th in 2013). He has averaged 4.21 YPC over the past two seasons, but has 2,442 career carries and will turn 32 years old in May. His ADP is likely to settle in the 3rd or 4th round depending on what else the Eagles do at running back.

Bills, LeSean McCoy agree to a new five-year contract

Sunday, March 8, 2015, 3:24pm

Jeff McLane, Twitter - [Full Article]

LeSean McCoy and Bills have agreed upon new 5-yr contract once trade w/Eagles is finalized on Tuesday, per NFL sources. Told it's a whopper.

Update: It's five-year, $40 million deal that includes $26.5 million guaranteed.

Fantasy Impact:

It's said to be a five-year, $40 million contract that includes $26.5 million guaranteed. This looks like a system downgrade for McCoy, who ran much better later in the season once his offensive line started to get healthy. In Buffalo, new HC Rex Ryan and new OC Greg Roman (formerly of San Francisco) both have a history of running ball control, run-first teams, but the Bills have serious quarterback issues. Free agent C.J. Spiller isn't likely to re-sign and the acquisition of McCoy has to be a downgrade for Fred Jackson. As for McCoy, he's still a fantasy RB1, though he carries more risk since the Buffalo offense could struggle to score points. Given the way the Eagles like to run the ball, whoever emerges as the starter in Philadelphia will carry early round value.

Saints re-sign RB Mark Ingram to a four-year deal

Sunday, March 8, 2015, 10:30am

ESPN - [Full Article]

The New Orleans Saints and running back Mark Ingram have reached agreement on a four-year deal, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

The deal is worth $16 million over the four years, sources said.

Ingram confirmed that he is staying in New Orleans via Twitter on Saturday night.

Fantasy Impact:

Ingram averaged 19.6 touches for 85 yards and 0.69 TD per game in his 13-game season in 2014. He averaged 4.27 YPC last season after averaging 5.02 YPC in 2013. He benefited somewhat by injuries to Khiry Robinson, who could potentially eat into Ingram's 2015 workload, though the loss of Pierre Thomas may allow Ingram to have a larger role in the passing game. He averaged 2.8 catches in the five games that Thomas missed. He posted the #11 PPG in PPR formats (#8 in standard), and will be drafted as a high-end RB2 in 2015 fantasy drafts.

Schefter: WR Randall Cobb re-ups with the Packers for four more years

Saturday, March 7, 2015, 10:35pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Packers WR Randall Cobb back to Green Bay on a 4-year, $40 million deal, per source.

Fantasy Impact:

Cobb reportedly had 6-7 other offers today, per Ian Rapoport, but "turned down considerably more money" to sign with Green Bay. It's certainly the best spot for his fantasy value, playing in a familiar system with a Hall of Fame caliber quarterback. Cobb finished #8 in PPR formats and #6 in standard and has finished in the top 11 in PPR points per game over the past two seasons. In early drafts, he's the 12th WR off the board and is going in the early 3rd round. Don't be surprised if his ADP settles in the late 2nd by the time draft season is in full swing. This is great news for Aaron Rodgers, Jordy Nelson and the entire Packer offense.